A determained Super Eagles win

June 22, 2014 at 2:05 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bosnia-Herzegovina News, News, Nigeria, Nigeria News
Match two of the day from Group E took place at Arena Pantanal between Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Super Eagles finshed the game 1-0 winners to keep their dream of a last 16 alive.

Nigeria's players celebrate at the end of the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina,AFP PHOTOS
Nigeria's players celebrate at the end of the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina,AFP PHOTOS

The match started-off with the high pace we’ve been acclimatised to in this world cup with both teams with their handbrakes pulled down attacking relentlessly at each other.

The speed of the Nigerian attack led by Striker Emmanuel Emenike, winger Ahmed Musa and midfielder Peter Odemwingie stretched the Bosnian defence but failed to make use of the precious chances.

Bosnia’s Muhamed Besic and Haris Medunjanin had their positive moments in the midfield against John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi but the African’s firm handle of the midfield laid good foundation for the attackers.

Edin Dzeko’s presence only became after being denied a goal when he was ruled offside. That seemed to have inspired his teammates who played with more command and a bit more confidence even though the Nigerians were still more intent on getting the opening goal.

It came just before the half hour when the strength and pace of Emenike helped him overpower a Bosnian defender to cross a ball for Odemwingie to pounce on putting the Super Eagles in the lead heading to the half-time.

The Nigerians could’ve ended the half three nil up had they not squandered their chances at goal.

The second half was not as high-paced as the first in the opening moments, though Bosnians showed more intent and urgency going forward but without clarity in the final third.

Emenike continued laying the pressure on the Bosnian defence using the great combination of power and pace. Striker Shola Ameobi came on for a weary looking Musa as the African champions tried getting the second goal to tighten their lead but it never came as they nervously held on to their one nil lead thanks to their goalie Vincent Enyeama.

Bonginkosi Tiwane


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